The purpose of a restorative justice conference aims to offenders and victims in a face-to-face meeting. This makes it possible for victims to talk about how, and the people closest to them affected by the crime, and give a chance to the perpetrators of responsibility. It also provides them with a way to repair the damage they have caused. All participants of the victims, their supporters and perpetrators, and a way to talk openly about the crime, so look for a way to repair the damage caused.
These meetings provide a healthy and free exchange between the feelings and emotions of the participants. In many cases, they are helping the victims to move forward in their lives and help offenders to have a hard look at themselves and to explore ways to change it.
The victims and perpetrators and their supporters take part in a restorative justice conference. He will also be attended by a person who is trained to facilitate such meetings. There may be other participants, including trainers, community representatives, police informants, and others.
Advantages of the victim
The victim or victims of crime can use a restorative justice conference to talk honestly about how and their supporters also affected. They can use this time to help decide whether any damage can be repaired. You can tell the offender or offenders how to make amends.
Advantages of the offender
The offenders can participate in a restorative justice conference in order to avoid having to appear in court. If they complete the terms of the agreement reached at the meeting, they can escape conviction because the police did not take other action. They are also aware of the consequences of their actions.
If the case does not go to court, after a restorative conference took place, the judge takes into account that the perpetrator actually assumed responsibility for their own actions. If this is the case and if the perpetrator has complied with the relevant treaty agreements, the court can reduce the sentence. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the court is not at all obliged to do so.
This kind of meeting will also take place after the penalty had expired. The court will be able to suspend final judgment until a meeting was held, and the perpetrator had the chance to meet the specified conditions of the victim.
Benefits to the Community
great benefit of this process is experiencing a sustained decrease in the crime community. Animosity diminish, and the tension between the members. People can also gain empathy for the offender or offenders with a growing understanding of the struggles and experiences.
If you are interested in learning more about what is going on in a restorative justice conference, visit the International Institute for Restorative